Katherine T. Doherty.
Her husband, Patrick J. "Joe" Doherty, a retired lieutenant in the Worcester Fire Dept., died in 1994.
She leaves three sons, James J. Doherty, also a retired Worcester firefighter, and his wife Janice of Worcester, Brian J. Doherty and his wife Toni of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and Joseph E. Doherty and his wife Kimberly of Hopkinton; a daughter, Elaine C. Anas and her husband Philip of Worcester; nine grandchildren, Thomas Doherty and Sarah Hebert, Timothy and Kelly Doherty, Riley and Emily Doherty, and Philip, Thomas and Lizzie Anas; three great-grandsons, Sam and Max Hebert, and James Doherty; a sister, Rosemary Downey and her husband Lewis of Columbus, Ohio; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Her infant children, John C. and Kathleen M. Doherty, and her brother, Arthur L. Burns, predeceased her.
Kay was born in Worcester, daughter of John J. and Catherine (McKenna) Burns. As a child, she lived in Providence, R.I. for many years. She graduated in 1947 from South High School, Worcester. She graduated in 1951 from Worcester State University, from which she later received a master's degree in education.
She was a teacher in the Worcester Public Schools for 39 years, before retiring. She was on the faculty at Lincoln St. School, Burncoat Elementary School and Thorndyke Road School.
She was a former President and Membership Co-Chairperson for the Worcester South section of the Retired Educators Assn. of Mass. She was a past president of the Friday Afternoon Club. She was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, St. George's Perpetual Adoration Group, the Emerald Club, the Worcester State University Alumni Assn., and the Friends of the Worcester Public Library. She was a longtime supporter of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury.
Kay had many interests in her life including traveling throughout the world.
Calling hours are Monday, November 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be held Tuesday, November 22, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester 01602 or the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, 559 Plantation St., Worcester 01605.